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sonofagun
01-25-2008, 07:06 AM
Has anyone built Paragons from plans and components available? Or is there a company doing so?

Perhaps a model slightly updated/modified for better overall performance?

Jan Daugaard
01-25-2008, 07:19 AM
This German company can build an exact copy:

http://www.lowther.de/lowther/lautsprecher/paragon.asp

There is currently no price, but it used to be about 17.000 euro ($25.000), depending on veneer etc..

No affiliation.

sonofagun
01-25-2008, 07:30 AM
Translation of site text:

For special loudspeakers we have always both ears openly. Perhaps it is to be acquired the last chance for you such a sound giant. Equipped with the original loudspeaker chassis and furniert according to your desires we manufacture this masterpiece of the building of loudspeakers for you in optical and technical perfection. The low clay/tone range is radiated on sovereigns way from one 38cm each - low clay/tone loudspeakers per channel over an almost ungefaltetes exponential horn. The central clay/tone horns (drivers 375 or 2441 with extremely complex Alco max magnet, horn 5038) are responsible for the important range from 500 - 7000 cycles per second. The remainder of the hearing spectrum is reproduced by the ring radiator 075. The pleasant and unlaestige kind of the music performance of these "kings of the horn loudspeakers" was never reached again with pressure chamber loudspeakers. Dimensions: 260 x 90 x 62 cm (B x H x T) weight: approx.. 300 kg

:rotfl:

No one here has tackled the project?

Maron Horonzakz
01-25-2008, 08:07 AM
Yes i,ve built two Paragons from JBL plans... Its no easy feat,,, You couldnt tell the difference from factory or mine..I alse have a JBL unit in storage....You have to make a special jig to form the curved panel... This is not stated in the JBL instruction plans....Carving the legs is best done by rifle woodstock carver..Plus forming any mettle parts.

Hoerninger
01-25-2008, 08:25 AM
http://www.paragondrawings.de/plans/index.html
http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=29069&d=1192739848

http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=17804&stc=1&d=1156709385

The horn of the compression driver should have the mouth area doubled (same length).
It is a good idea to let the woofer work on a smaller area (care for changed efficiency).
Use a compression driver which makes the tweeter obsolete.
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Peter

Maron Horonzakz
01-25-2008, 08:42 AM
If you use a TAD 4001 driver you wont need the 075 tweeter:D

SUPERBEE
01-25-2008, 10:08 AM
Why not just buy a real one?

Maron Horonzakz
01-25-2008, 11:19 AM
Bacause it only cost me $500. to build the cabinets... I allready had the speaker components and xovers.

sonofagun
01-26-2008, 08:01 AM
An updated (performance wise) unit with the same look IMO would be a great tribute to the original.

If I had the $$ and facilities, I might tackle this - great input so far on this. :D

I remember listening to a Paragon in a showroom powered by Marantz components back in the late 60s and not being terribly impressed by its sound. :blink: Liked the 001 system much better! :applaud: